Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Historic Silver Spring Building Feaured on New Web Site

The 1958 Perpetual Building Association building (aka SunTrust Bank) at 8700 Georgia Avenue is featured on the new web site, Defining Downtown at Mid-Century: The Architecture of the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation of America.  Perpetual appears under the Architecture tab in "Featured Buildings."

Co-designed by BB&ECA architect W.G. Knoeble and Washington, DC architect Robert O. Scholz, this structure is the finest example of postwar International Style architecture in Silver Spring.  The building is currently threatened with demolition as the owner has submitted a project plan to construct a 14-story apartment building on the site.  To learn more about this important structure, click HERE.

This Walter Oates photograph appeared in the March 4, 1961 Evening Star. Photo courtesy Star Collection, DC Public Library, © The Washington Post.

3 comments:

StreetsofDC said...

A fine mid-century building. Let's hope it can be saved, although I know the prognosis is grim. As you suggest, when it's gone an era is gone from Silver Spring.

BTW, the blog has a great new look!

Debbie Cook said...

Wow, I noticed the single family house right next door to it! That block and the next one down is all commericial buildings now. Great Photo and I like the new look of the blog too.

Anonymous said...

"historic" is an opinion that not everyone will share with you regarding that building